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Pope Names Moderate Bishop For Chicago Archdiocese

Cardinal Francis George

Francis George speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the North American College in Rome, Italy, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (Michael Sohn/AP)

Pope Francis has chosen a bishop known as a moderate to replace retiring Cardinal Francis George as head of the high-profile Chicago archdiocese.

The Vatican said Saturday that the pontiff had appointed Monsignor Blase Cupich, 65, a native of Nebraska, for the post that had been held by George, a leading church conservative who is 77 and battling cancer.

Cupich has called for civility in the culture wars and has embraced Pope Francis' focus on fighting poverty.

The Archdiocese of Chicago has scheduled a news conference for Saturday morning.

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